Confessions of an Anonymous Amputee: A Limb Loss Journey

By:Lori Tyler
on Apr 30, 2024

As we come to the end of Limb Loss Awareness Month, I am reminded of the profound journey I have experienced since peripheral artery disease (PAD) led to the amputation of my right leg. My story is one of resilience, adaptation, and the unwavering support of my family, friends, and healthcare team. Through sharing my experience, I hope to raise awareness about the importance of early intervention and the impact of limb loss on individuals and their families.

My journey began with subtle signs – a persistent ache in my calf that I attributed to normal wear and tear. I dismissed the discomfort, hoping it would resolve on its own. Weeks turned into months, and the symptoms intensified – sharp pains, coldness, and numbness in my leg. Despite these red flags, fear and denial kept me from seeking medical attention promptly.

Eventually, I began to suffer from a non-healing wound on my leg – a stark indicator of compromised blood flow. It was then that I sought urgent medical care and received a diagnosis of advanced peripheral artery disease. Dr. Gary Jones, a cardiovascular surgeon, guided me through the complexities of my condition and recommended minimally invasive interventions to restore blood flow to my leg.

Despite multiple attempts at revascularization, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) was unsuccessful due to the severity of my condition. Amputation became the last resort to address chronic limb-threatening ischemia. The decision was emotionally daunting, but Dr. Jones provided unwavering support and comprehensive information about the procedure and recovery.

Waking from anesthesia after the amputation was a surreal experience – a mix of grief, disbelief, and determination. Recovery was challenging but marked by resilience. With the support of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, I underwent physical therapy and adapted to life with mobility aids.

Receiving my prosthetic limb was a pivotal moment – a symbol of newfound mobility and hope for the future. Through dedication and perseverance, I have embraced a new chapter of life – one characterized by adaptation and acceptance.

My journey underscores the critical importance of early intervention and advocating for one’s health. I encourage everyone to listen to their bodies, recognize warning signs, get those health screenings, and seek timely medical care. Awareness and education about cardiovascular health are paramount in preventing outcomes like limb loss.


Anonymous Amputee

Every April marks Limb Loss Awareness Month. Throughout this month, our objective is to enhance awareness regarding limb loss prevention so we can KEEP LOUISIANA WALKING.



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